Everest International School (Suginami Ward, Tokyo)

Website: http://eisj-edu.com/mission/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Everestinternational

Contact the school: everestintl.edu@gmail.com

The school caters for Japan-based Nepalese children and currently operates a Montessori style pre-school and elementary school classes to grade 4.

Details of the school:

“Everest International School, Japan (EISJ) is  a first of its kind established to cater to the educational needs of children’s of Nepalese Diaspora in Japan. Driven by an altruistic motivation to provide affordable and qualitatively relevant education to Japan based Nepalese children, EISJ  is fully committed to facilitate optimal educational and personal development of our students in concert with the parents, Nepal Embassy and the Nepalese community at large. For the first year that started from April 2013, we are running classes from pre-school to grade 3 of primary level. For the academic year 2014-2015, we will run classes until grade 4. Our goal is to upgrade classes every year, eventually expanding EISJ to High School level. Curriculum Studies at EISJ is based on the curriculum prescribed by Curriculum De­velopment Centre, Nepal. Major courses taught at EISJ are English, Nepalese, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and Computer. Taking into account the needs of the students and the desire of the parents, principal language of studies is English. Nepalese language is taught on a priority basis. We expect that this mode of teaching-learning will enhance our children’s understanding of Nepalese language, society and culture while immersing them in English, the language of globalization. We also offer Japanese language studies to our youngsters in order to facilitate their integration into Japanese society and culture. Grape Seed English for Children Program In addition to regular English studies under CDC curriculum, EISJ has adopted Grape Seed English Curriculum to enhance English communication skills of our students. Developed at the Meysen Academy in Sendai and currently being used at schools in different countries, including Japan and the US, Grape­ Seed is a proven, comprehensive English language curriculum for children. With the understanding that children learn languages better under the supervision of a native teacher, Grape Seed curriculum is taught to our students by a native English teacher.”


Everest International 1st school in Japan for Nepalese kids (May 9, 2013 Asahi Shimbun)


The beginning of the school year always finds classrooms full of the happy laughter and smiling faces of eager schoolchildren anxious for what lies ahead.

The smiles were even broader this April at Tokyo’s Everest International School Japan in Suginami Ward, where the long-cherished hopes of Nepalese citizens living in Japan finally came to fruition.

It was one of the first days of classes in the inaugural semester at EISJ, a school that teaches Nepalese culture and language for Nepalese children from preschool to primary levels of education.

Located near the JR Asagaya Station, EISJ currently has about 30 students enrolled. Named after the world’s highest mountain in Nepal, the school’s main language of study is English. It also teaches classes in Japanese.

According to the Embassy of Nepal in Japan, the number of Nepalese in Japan has sharply increased over the last decade or so.

In 2012, there were 20,383 Nepalese in Japan, a more than fivefold increase from the 3,649 in 2000.

Most of the Nepalese children previously attended Japanese elementary schools, but many found it difficult to keep up with classes, an embassy official said.

Around autumn 2011, former Nepalese students in Japan discussed the possibility of forming a school in Japan for Nepalese children.

Bhupal Man Shrestha, managing editor of the Nepali Samachar newspaper and chairman of the Nepal Education Center in Japan, which oversees the school, was a key organizer for the school.

Shrestha canvassed the views of 500 or so Nepalese parents with school age children. They gave overwhelming support for such a school.

“We had really felt the need for a school where children can learn the Nepalese language, history and culture at an affordable tuition,” Shrestha said in Japanese.

Shrestha got advice and support from other international school operators in Japan and quickly won pledges of funding from Nepalese business operators in Japan.

Opening April 1, Everest International School Japan is the first Nepalese school in Japan, according to the Embassy of Nepal.

“It is a place where children, who shoulder the future of Japan and Nepal, can get together,” said Pradip Thapa, 30, EISJ’s academic director. “I feel both excited and responsible.”

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